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FHM lingerie model-turned-comics-creator/writer/artist Jinky Coronado's BANZAI GIRL webcomic comes alive in a full-color graphic novel!
FHM lingerie model-turned-comics-creator/writer/artist Jinky Coronado's BANZAI GIRL webcomic comes alive in a full-color graphic novel!
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WHAT AND WHO IS BANZAI GIRL?

Hey!  That's me!
Hey! That's me!

Hi!  My name is Jinky Coronado.  Some people know me as a writer.  Some as an artist.  Some as a model.  And many as a friend.

Toldja!  Photo shoot on the beaches of Brazil!
Toldja! Photo shoot on the beaches of Brazil!

I've been a lingerie model multiple times in FHM Philippines magazine, and I've been featured as an artist, creator, or model in Mirror, Play, ImagineFX, Wizard, and other magazines.  

A page from FHM!
A page from FHM!

As an artist?  I've drawn the three-volume graphic novel series AVALON HIGH working with best-selling author Meg Cabot; I've drawn the upcoming EXPOSURE graphic novel; and I'm currently drawing the series PANDORA'S BLOGS for Red Giant Entertainment.

A dozen years ago, around the time I moved to the USA, I created, wrote, was cover model for, and drew -- with colorist Mike Kelleher and co-artist Wilson Tortosa -- the series BANZAI GIRL for Sirius Comics and, later, its sequel series BANZAI GIRLS for Arcana Studio.  

More recently, I resurrected BANZAI GIRL on Keenspot.com as a serialized webcomic!  All the while, I did a bunch of Conventions cosplaying my character...like this! --

Just Jinky!
Just Jinky!

Now:  I'm trying to collect my first BANZAI GIRL series into a big, beautiful, 160-page full-color graphic novel with that photo cover I showed to you a moment ago.

BANZAI GIRL - VOLUME 1

Format: Softcover Graphic Novel 

Pages: 160 full color pages + Cover 

Writer/Artist: Jinky Coronado (w/Wilson Tortosa)

What's it all about?  BANZAI GIRL's Jinky Coronado (yes, I named the main character after myself) is a girl of three worlds; she just doesn't know it yet. Her nightmares of being both a Princess and a Future Freedom Fighter collide with her real-life as an Asian schoolgirl. Where her biggest obstacles should be homework, boys, and her Dad's new girlfriend, she is thrust into a world of monsters and madness. An alien invasion possessing her town's parents! Strange creatures known as the Duwende, the Kapre`, the Tikbalang, and the Manananggal! A schoolgirl-eating snake creature hidden beneath a shopping mall! Jinky becoming a model and recording star! And much more!

That's me just trying to Wow.
That's me just trying to Wow.

And best of all -- it's actually based on bits and pieces of my own life as an Asian schoolgirl.  (I'll leave it up to you to figure out which pieces.)

Banzai GIrl with Wilfred!
Banzai GIrl with Wilfred!

As you can see, I tried to create a style for a series that anime` and manga fans would like, from the little schoolgirl uniforms to the oddball mascot character -- but I made it very much about the myths and mysteries of my native Philippines and stocked it with people from my real life!  

BANZAI GIRL has been pretty popular in its pockets of fandom.  There have been photo calendars, posters, prints, watches, T-shirts, a lunchbox, a calculator, even a full-fledged Official Fan Club with membership card, fanzine, membership certificate, and loads of other things.  My sister Michelle and I were even lucky enough to get a recording deal in the Philippines for a BANZAI GIRLS: BREATHLESS SCHOOLGIRLS CD!

My BANZAI GIRL artwork has even show up in the background of movies -- such as the spoof Superhero Movie!

That's my work on his bedroom wall!
That's my work on his bedroom wall!

But the important thing, of course is the story.  It's loaded with things about my real-life growing up, so that means it is deep into Filipino culture -- the myths, the settings, the situations are things I really grew up with.

Even if I exaggerated my part of the adventures.  A little.  

Or underestimated the length of my school uniform.  A lot.

Here's a look at my series:

My character as Princess Jinky!
My character as Princess Jinky!
Runaway Wilfred!
Runaway Wilfred!
Jinky the Future Freedom Fighter!
Jinky the Future Freedom Fighter!
Schoolgirl sass!
Schoolgirl sass!
Personal time.
Personal time.
Peek-a-BOO.
Peek-a-BOO.
The monster called Manananggal!
The monster called Manananggal!

 One of the many thrilling things about doing this book was all the great superstar artists I got to meet and become friends with -- such as Dark Horse/DC/Marvel artist Will Conrad and Marvel's Mike Deodato, Jr.~

Will and Deo give me a lift!
Will and Deo give me a lift!

With great thanks to all of them, I'll be including bonus art from such superstar artists as Mike Deodato, Jr., Will Conrad, Al Rio, Cliff Richards, Adriana Melo, and Playboy's Dean Yeagle!  What's more,  I'll be including a whole bunch of bonus stuff, as well -- including a photo album and a really cool sketchbook section of behind-the-scenes art.

STRETCHING THE POINT!

So what happens if you help me to exceed my goal?  Well, the goal amount I've set is pretty low -- it will, just barely, cover the printing but not everything.  So I'm hoping for higher.  $10,000 would, quite honestly, make a real difference.

If we hit $15,000.00 or more, it will allow me to go to press with Volume 2 and maybe even let me create special editions.

If we hit $25,000.00 or more, it will help me to finance continuing BANZAI GIRL, because it's quite time-consuming to plot, write, and draw the series, not to mention pay a letterer, colorist, a printer, and so on to do the things I can't complete myself.

Plus, it will mean I'll be able to create new merchandise -- STUFF! -- again, including a brand-new photo calendar.  So please help me make more BANZAI!

BANZAI GIRL has been a whole lot of fun, and I want you to share it with me. 

 THANK YOU!

Hugs,

Here's the custom BANZAI GIRL statue from the $375 reward!

And here's the BANZAI GIRLS:  STRIPPED DOWN! bonus book.

Risks and challenges

Over at the top right corner of this page is the GOAL. If the goal is reached, printing will begin pretty quickly, because I have this book already completed and ready to go to press. However: If the goal is not reached before the end of the 30 days, though, then you will not be charged anything. You only pay if my BANZAI GIRL graphic novel project reaches its goal by the deadline! I'll be printing in China, as most graphic novels are these days, to cut the print costs a lot. I've set my starting delivery dates for December, which should give us enough time.

I've tried to make the incentives pretty nice -- regular books, autographed books, personalized books, hard-to-find original editions, original art, custom sketches, and even full-fledged finished cover-quality custom original pieces drawn specifically for you.

And just for the heck of it, I'll be throwing in some other classing BANZAI GIRL classic items at random!

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    BELOW BASIC BANZAI LEVEL -- Feel all warm and fuzzy inside for doing a good thing. You get bragging rights (on Facebook, Twitter, and everywhere else) to say, “I helped make Jinky's first graphic novel happen!”

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    BANZAI PRINT LEVEL 4 -- A signed copy of BANZAI GIRL: VOLUME 1, plus a signed copy of the hard-to-find BANZAI GIRLS: STRIPPED DOWN! oversized pinup book that I drew for SQ Publishing last year!

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    BANZAI PRINT LEVEL 5 -- This gets really personal! Aside from the personalized and signed BANZAI GIRL VOLUME 1, you get TWO large autographed and personalized BANZAI GIRL photos (which I haven't made available since I stopped doing Cons in costume), plus the .pdf and the screen saver!

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    BANZAI PRINT LEVEL 6 -- Can you handle this? A signed BANZAI GIRL: Volume 1 graphic novel, plus a signed BANZAI GIRLS: STRIPPED DOWN pinup book, plus a complete autographed set of all 5 issues of BANZAI GIRL as originally published by Sirius, from my personal collection!

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    BANZAI BATTLE GIFT PACK -- This contains TEN signed copies of the BANZAI GIRL: VOLUME 1 full-color graphic novel! What a bargain!

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    BANZAI ORIGINAL ART EDITION -- This is a signed copy of the BANZAI GIRL: VOLUME 1 graphic novel, PLUS one autographed page of original art (of my choice) from my series!

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    BANZAI CUSTOM SKETCH EDITION -- An autographed copy of my BANZAI GIRL: VOLUME 1 graphic novel, PLUS a custom 8.5" x 11" sketch of ANY character, from BANZAI GIRL or anywhere else in comicdom!

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    BANZAI CUSTOM SKETCH EDITION INTL -- For INTERNATIONAL ORDERS -- An autographed copy of my BANZAI GIRL: VOLUME 1 graphic novel, PLUS a custom 8.5" x 11" sketch of ANY character, from BANZAI GIRL or anywhere else in comicdom!

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    BANZAI CUSTOM COVER-QUALITY ORIGINAL ART EDITION -- An autographed copy of my BANZAI GIRL: VOLUME 1 graphic novel, PLUS an 11" x 17" CUSTOM full finished line art illustration, cover quality, of any comics character! (Want more characters? Add $50 per character.) You also get the .pdf and the screen saver!

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    BANZAI SUPER-STATUE EDITION -- A decade ago, a custom statue maker handcrafted two dozen sexy, wonderful BANZAI GIRL statues just shy of 12" high, complete with four little movable characters (including Wilfred) on its base. Today, I found the eight remaining boxes containing those statues, and I'm making those a very rare, special edition that comes, of course, with an autographed BANZAI GIRL: Volume 1 graphic novel, the .pdf, and the screen saver. You'll get one of the last eight in the whole world!

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    BANZAI FULL-COLOR CUSTOM COVER-QUALITY ORIGINAL ART EDITION -- An autographed copy of my BANZAI GIRL: VOLUME 1 graphic novel, PLUS an 11" x 17" CUSTOM full finished line art illustration, cover quality, of any comics character! (Want more characters? Add $50 per character.) For this selection, my colorist Katrina MaeHao will color the digital file for you. So you will receive the original line art, a full-color 11 x 17 print, plus the digital print-quality files!! You also get the .pdf of the book and the screen saver!

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    BANZAI FULL-COLOR CUSTOM COVER-QUALITY ORIGINAL ART EDITION INTL-- For INTERNATIONAL ORDERS -- An autographed copy of my BANZAI GIRL: VOLUME 1 graphic novel, PLUS an 11" x 17" CUSTOM full finished line art illustration, cover quality, of any comics character! (Want more characters? Add $50 per character.) For this selection, my colorist Katrina MaeHao will color the digital file for you. So you will receive the original line art, a full-color 11 x 17 print, plus the digital print-quality files!! You also get the .pdf of the book and the screen saver!

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